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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1907

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What is the function of the proposed special purpose facility for mildly mentally retarded persons to be located in Melbourne.

(2)   What categories of staff will be employed at these centres, and in what numbers.

(3)   How many persons is it estimated will attend these centres in the first 3 years of their operation.

(4)   Where will these centres be located.

(5)   What is the estimated annual cost of running these centres.

(6)   What is the relationship between this special purpose facility and the work preparation centre planned for Melbourne.

Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   To provide social and vocational assessment and training designed to prepare mildly mentally retarded school-leavers for suitable employment.

(2)   The Melbourne-Centre will employ: 1 Sessional Psychiatrist 1 Sessional Clinical Psychologist 2 Sessional Remedial Teachers 1 Executive Officer 1 Social Worker (number of positions will be dependent on the size of the case-load) 1 Senior Vocational Counsellor 1 Welfare Officer 1 Workshop Manager 2 foremen 4 Instructors 1 Storeman 1 Liaison Officer 1 Clerical Assistant 2 Typists 1 Labourer

(3)   Because of the experimental nature of the project it would be difficult to estimate numbers. The initial case-load will be around 40.

(4)   Initially, at South Yarra, Victoria and Granville, New South Wales.

(5)   Approximately $356,000.

(6)   The facilities described above are known as Work Preparation Centres.

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